The angels told the shepherds about Jesus. They glorified God and they blessed mankind with peace as they pointed to Bethlehem where baby Jesus lay. I wonder if this year people have come to see Jesus in the manger through the voice of angels…
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
You will find a baby lying in a manager. That’s how we find Jesus at Christmas. In the humble state of his birth. It’s important to see Jesus in this light because it’s an essential part of the story of God’s redemption. Jesus came in humility and he will come again in power. We have seen his glory (John 1) and we will see it again with power.
The God of the universe is a God of gentleness. He is a God who identifies with our humility and our struggles. He started in the place where animals sleep. Yet in heaven the mountains and oceans are his footstool. This is the enormity of God. God in the flesh.
Peace to those on whom his favour rests. Jesus brings us peace. I could use that peace. Could you? This is shalom. The peace which Jesus brings is the peace which breaks down barriers and unifies people together. Our world needs the peace of Jesus.
Come let us go and see Jesus… just like the shepherds. Let’s gather around and continue to marvel at Jesus. Let us adore him – Christ the Lord!